Graduate Programs

The Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology that reflect the research expertise of our faculty.  We also offer an innovative coursework-based Master of Arts (MA) degree. Students interested in the MS and PhD programs have the opportunity to engage in research with internationally recognized faculty.  In addition to our more biomedical research-based programs in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology, students can apply to graduate school through the School of Biomedical Sciences.

We strongly encourage applications for our MS and PhD Graduate Programs from domestic and international students. Information on the application procedure, including what to include in your personal statement, is available on the Graduate Program Application and Admissions page. Please email the Graduate Studies Office if you have any questions.


MS and PhD Programs

Admissions into our MS and PhD programs are competitive; thus we do not offer "conditional" admission.  Since these programs are full-time, financial support is necessary.  Financial support from the department comes in the form of teaching or research assistantships. **Students do not have to have a MS degree to apply into our PhD programs and assistantships are preferentially offered to PhD over MS students** 

Departmental teaching/research assistantships include:
  • A full tuition waiver
  • Annual stipend
  • Money towards the purchase of health insurance
We also promote the professional development of our MS and PhD students by providing them with:
  • Travel money to conferences
  • Training in research ethics
  • Access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Workshops in grant writing and career trajectory

Fall 2021 deadlines are As follows:

We will be holding an Interview Weekend in February or March, 2021. Top applicants will be invited for an interview and should plan on attending.  During the visit, applicants will interview with selected faculty members and become acquainted with the KSU campus, facilities and students from the Program. *Until all of our available openings are filled we will continue to accept applications after the deadlines indicated above.*

Learn more about the specific degree requirements for our MS and PhD programs

MA Program

Our MA program has rolling admissions; though, applications need to be completed at least one month prior to the start of the semester in which you want to start taking classes.

The MA program is a course-based degree and is an excellent option for students interested in career advancement.  This degree can be pursued either full-time or part-time.

Learn more about the specific degree requirements for our MA program